“I grow flowers for special moments and to make moments special,” says Heather Griffiths, whose love for local agriculture and growing communities inspired her to create the Utah Cut Flower Farm Association. The organization promotes local and sustainable flower growers as well as Utah’s slow flower movement. Whether you’re grabbing blooms or seeds to grow your own, Griffiths reminds us why buying local is the right choice.
The short time it takes for local flowers to get from the farm to your table means they’ll stay fresh longer than grocery store bouquets.
Choosing local flowers means better variety and hardiness. “When you embrace seasonality, the quality of your flowers is above and beyond,” Griffiths says.
Supporting your local flower farms makes a positive impact on your community.
Flowers grown locally and organically use fewer resources, generate less trash and support a healthy ecosystem where they’re grown.
“When someone gets an arrangement of flowers grown just fifty miles from where they were born and raised, those flowers create a sense of connection and a sense of place,” Griffiths explains.
Where to Buy Local Flowers
To ensure you’re buying a slow flower arrangement, ask where the bouquet comes from, how it’s grown and who grew it. Contact your local farm to find, pick up or pick out blooms. Here are some local growers throughout Utah:
Paradise Valley Orchard, Paradise, available at pop-up shops, DIY, workshops
Red Brick Flower Co, American Fork, available online via Instagram and Facebook
Sweet Pea Farm And Orchard, Parowan, available at local farmer’s markets, on-site, DIY
Three Sprouts Flower Farm, Farmington, available through business subscriptions and direct orders
Wasatch Blooms, SLC, wholesale to florists
White Cottage Flower Farm, Hyrum, available through direct sales
Find more floral inspiration here.